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Poster: Diana Hamilton Date: Mar 30, 2008 3:11pm
Forum: iraq_war Subject: Non-English collection currently global

In the process of moving items around from Open Source collections, more general global-jihad items not specifically related to Iraq are being stored in the iraq_middleeast subcollection. Thus, alert patrons may notice material from/about Chechnya, Gaza, Iran, Afghanistan etc alongside that from/about Iraq.

Thanks for your forbearance. Besides presenting multi-language barriers, the content leads to other curation challenges including assessing mixtures of submissions from the same contributors, and sometimes mixtures of topics (eg, Iraq plus Chechnya) within the same submission.

One benefit of placing the range of materials into that single area for now is that its collection page is prominently labeled with a cautionary notice, applicable to many of the non-Iraq items. I expect some materials could be moved to more appropriate collections that might be prepared in the future.

This post was modified by Diana Hamilton on 2008-03-30 22:11:05

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Poster: Diana Hamilton Date: Nov 6, 2008 9:30am
Forum: iraq_war Subject: Re: Non-English collection tidying

Relevant to the issues highlighted in a recent thread:
http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=211172

Now that there is a lot of material in one place, it's apparent that a fair portion of the subcollection is labeled *very* poorly. In some cases, unidentified material has been in the Archive since 2005-6, but patrons have recontributed the same content in 2007-8, perhaps due to their confusion over what is already available.

For any library, the data *about* an item can be as important as the item itself. Unlabeled content does not do much good for a library in the long term. The more time that passes, the less useful unidentified content becomes to a library.

Thus, some additional tidying of the collection may occur over time, so that items with better contributor-added metadata will become more apparent in the mix. Poorly described uploads are less likely than well-described uploads to be retained long term.

Update, FYI to any interested uploaders: Fake metadata does not count as good metadata. :P

This post was modified by Diana Hamilton on 2008-11-06 17:30:18

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Poster: Diana Hamilton Date: Nov 6, 2008 9:21am
Forum: iraq_war Subject: Re: Non-English collection tidying

Followup: What's looking better from the perspective of a library is apparently very different from some other perspective. Interesting link:

http://www.jihadica.com/jihadi-media-materials-under-attack-on-archiveorg/